The inaugural mentoring program organised by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), Queensland Division was a huge success with one of the mentees recently being awarded the 2012 Industry Excellence Award at the ASCL Awards.
According to Mrs Jodie Collie, Mentoring Coordinator, the mentoring program was established as a relaxed networking-style format to allow mentors and mentees to work together one-on-one and also with the wider SCL community. The program enabled mentees to attend a broad range of logistics lounges, workshops, roundtables and the Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference this year.
2012 Industry Excellence Award winner and inaugural mentee Aaron Relph is the Materials Distribution Manager at ENERGEX Limited. Focussing on development and networking in 2012, he was able to achieve both objectives through the SCLAA Mentee program.
Aaron was placed with Vince Aisthorpe, the Queensland President of the SCLAA, who showed him a completely different dynamic of leadership. Key learnings he received from the program were about networking and seeking help when needing it from others outside of his company, and also, in return making himself available to help others.
According to Ms Stacey Paterson, Process & Procurement, Cement Australia, who was also a mentee in the inaugural program, there were no lesson plans or evaluations with the program simply providing an opportunity to get together, talk, share experiences, bounce ideas around and sometimes provide advice.
Her key takeaways from the SCLAA mentoring program included the abundant networking opportunities, meeting experienced and knowledgeable mentors as well as getting to know fun, friendly and helpful people within the SCLAA.
Mentor Phillip Dagnall, Procurement Systems and Policy Manager, Uniting Care Queensland sees the SCLAA mentoring program as an opportunity to ‘give back’ to something he strongly believes in. Instead of telling his mentee what to do, he chose to give advice where needed and provided guidance when required.